Justice Minister Simon Power has asked the Law Commission to review the regulations around how the internet interacts with the justice system.
“I’ve ordered this review because it’s imperative the law keeps pace with technology and that we have one set of rules for all news media,” Power said.
"At the moment we've got two tracks – conventional media and the so-called 'new media' – intersecting with the justice system, and it's not sustainable."
Power says it’s a like the Wild West online because bloggers and online publishers are not subject to any form of regulation or professional or ethical standards.
"Issues I’m concerned about include how trials can be prejudiced by information posted on websites and seen by jurors, real-time online streaming of court cases, breaches of court suppression orders, and re-publication of a libel.
“Because of the enormous scope of this whole issue, the terms of reference for the review have been tightly defined.”
The review will look at: